Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus elected Director-General of the World Health Organization

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation Congratulates Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus for being the new Director-General of the World Health Organization.

Dr. Tedros is known here in Ethiopia and beyond for leading the Ethiopian health sector to a level that can be a model for many countries.  His unprecedented guidance and a systematic follow through in the flagship community health program, called Health Extension program, was an example of his capacity in leading a huge reform that could benefit the neediest and the community at large. His skill in building partnerships and mobilizing resources in a manner that satisfies all stakeholders, was simply great.

The role of Dr. Tedros in Ethiopia’s achievement in meeting the Millennium Development Goals including those of Tuberculosis was immense through decentralizing health services of health promotion, diseases prevention and basic curatives services for TB and other public health important diseases of the country. KNCV is proud to be part of this achievement as one of the partners working on Tuberculosis in Ethiopia.

The world is now looking for bolder interventions, broader partnerships and smart leadership in ending Tuberculosis. A disease that still claims millions of lives and pushes families into further poverty. Ethiopia has benefited a lot during his seven years tuner as Minister of Health through his leadership.  The world has now elected him to show this leadership to the world.

KNCV looks forward to working with Dr. Tedros and the WHO staff members he will guide to continue the global effort to see the world free of TB.

 

KNCV has been fighting TB since its establishment in 1903. Over the past 117 years, the organization has acquired indispensable knowledge and experience in the field of effective TB control, resulting in pre-elimination in the Netherlands and significant contributions to global evidence generation, policy development and TB program implementation worldwide.

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